Digital Motorsport – A new challenge for Matt
Back in February 2020, we were looking forward to seeing this familiar Mazda MX-5 start its third season of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. Racing driver Matt Pollard has taken us on his thrilling journey since the spring of 2018. We’ve catalogued his progress on our Motorsport blog and been on hand to tidy up the bumps and scrapes along the way. The car was ready for Silverstone on March 21st 2020 but it wasn’t to be …
Digital Motorsport – A need for speed!
With racing weekends cancelled, Matt was left frustrated by the impact of COVID-19. He had more time on his hands than usual. Like many others in the UK, he was on furlough from his job at JZM Porsche. The novelty of being at home, watching classic races on YouTube soon wore off and he needed something to replace the thrill of racing!
Without the costs associated with his planned race meets Matt was sitting on a racing budget and thoughts turned to the exciting world of digital motorsports. Could a racing simulator be the answer? He knew little of digital racing and the kind of equipment needed so it was time to embark on a research phase. After spending time online (along with every other racing driver) trying to find the right kit, Matt narrowed his ideal list down to the following.
Kit list – Budget £6,000
- Sim Lab P1-X Sim Racing Chassis
- Fanatec Podium DD2 Direct Drive Wheel Base
- SimLab SPEED1 – Bucket seat
- Fanatec Clubsport BMW GT2 wheel, gearshift and pedals
- 49″ Samsung gaming monitor
- Gaming PC
This kit list was looking like it would set Matt back about £6,000. It was quite an investment and what’s more, it was proving difficult to locate. Once he had all the equipment it would also need setting up and this was all new territory for our aspiring racing driver – more at home in his Mazda MX-5 than in front of a screen!
Thankfully Matt found the help he needed from Digital Motorsports who delivered a fully assembled system. He actually had ended up with GT 2 Plug and Play Simulator Rig. This and some Heusinkveld equivalents to replaced the Fanatec items on his original list. He upgraded the seat to the exact same one he uses in the Mazda MX-5 (a Sparco seat). Matt received everything via delivery from Ireland. A member of the team constructed everything in a space earmarked for his racing practice!
It’s all new to Matt but he’s getting to grips with the software (Assetto Corsa and iRacing) and more importantly feeling like he can prepare in some way for getting back on track with the season can start for real later this year. Fingers crossed!
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